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By John Harte / Special to The Californian
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By John Harte / Special to The Californian
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By John Harte / Special to The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
UPDATED, 3:57 p.m.: And the last of the medal matches is on the mat right now, so we should be compete here soon. There it is. I'll put team scores first, followed by the rest of the medal matches.
1. Clovis 342.5; 2. Buchanan 226.5; 3. Bakersfield 194.5; 4. Clovis West 192.5; 5. Porterville 150; 6. Sanger 138; 7. Central 121; 8. Mission Oak 112; 9. Madera 110.5; 10. Madera South 95; 11. Frontier 91.5; 12. Clovis East 88.5; 13. Monache 86; 14. Redwood 80; 15. Sunnyside 77; 16. El Diamante 64; 17. Clovis North 62.5; 18. Foothill 58.5; 19. North 57; 20. Liberty 53.
3rd: Bailey, Fron, dec. Bohanon, Sunny, 4-2
5th: Parker, CE, dec. Dill, Buch, 4-2
7th: Valladares, MS, dec. Ku, CW, 3-1
9th: Lucas, North, dec. Lowe, Lem, 17-16
3rd: Sanchez, Sang, pin Yarbrough, Bak, 2:47
5th: Levatino, Buch, dec. Mask, Mad, 4-2
7th: Gonzalez, Foot, pin Eduardo Madrigal, Port, 2:48
9th: Magee, Sunny, dec. Halajian, CN, 9-3
3rd: Vance, Ed, pin Edgar Madrigal, Port, 0:33
5th: A. Moreno, Sunny, dec. Powell, Mad, 5-4
7th: Guerrero, North, pin Delgado, GW, 3:24
9th: Espiritu, Reed, pin Bueno, East, 1:34
UPDATED, 3:43 p.m.: Here's some more medal matches. I'll post team scores here when this round is over and then begin a new thread for finals.
3rd: Romero, Buch, pin D. Alvarado, MO, 4:45
5th: G. Ruiz, Mon, inj. def. Pagela, Port
7th: Lee, Centennial, pin Quintana, CE, 1:03
9th: Chocoteco, Foot, pin Ibarra, Sang, 0:59
3rd: Leypon, Mon, pin White, Centennial, 0:59
5th: Ja. Maas, Lib, dec. Loera, Bak, 3-2
7th: Fuentes, GV, maj dec. Duran, Teh, 13-1
9th: Booth, Han, pin Belshay, Buch, 9-0
3rd: Brand, Clov, dec. Moran, Sang, 8-2
5th: Padilla, ElD, dec. Ames, Port, 9-7
7th: Chavez, MS, dec. Macias, Central, 13-9
9th: Marple, Red, dec. Je. Maas, Lib, 9-5
3rd: An, Buch, dec. Montejo, Fron, 4-3
5th: R. Alvarado, MO, dec. E. Moreno, Sunny, 6-0
7th: Rosales, Bak, dec. Perez, Roos, 5-3
9th: Taylor, CE, pin Ramirez, Central, 1:24
UPDATED, 3:24 p.m.: Finally got basketball seeding out of the way — if I have time, I'll post a blog with my thoughts on that before the finals here — but here are some more medal-round results:
3rd: D. Ruiz, Mad, dec. Olivas, Clov, 10-3
5th: Gaxiola, Buch, dec. Nickell, Bak, 10-6
7th: Martin, Stock, dec. Hill, Lem, 10-3
9th: Rodriguez, Hoov, dec. Tejada, TU, 15-13
3rd: Enriquez, MO, maj dec. Hansen, Buch, 10-0
5th: Harris, Red, maj dec. Onsurez, Bak, 14-1
7th: Miguel, CW, dec. Allen, Teh, 11-9
9th: Garcia, Fron, dec. Baker, North, 5-0
3rd: Esquibel, Buch, dec. Barnes, Clov, 4-3
5th: Soto, Sang, dec. Cerda, Sunny, 7-1
7th: Annis, Bak, inj def. Jauergui, CE
9th: Santore-Tovar, Lib, pin Treiberg, Centennial, 1:04
3rd: Hill, Clov, dec. Sanchez, Sang, 12-5
5th: Gutierrez, Bak, inj def. Demaree, ElD
7th: Lopez, Hoov, inj def. Guerrero, RV
9th: McGuire, CN, dec. Lemus, East, 2-0
UPDATED, 2:47 p.m.: Well, I'm waiting on basketball seedings, which were supposed to be released at 2 p.m. but are still not out. So I guess I have some time to give you some medal-match results. Here we go:
3rd: Demison, Bak, pin Marin, CW, 5:24
5th: Campbell, MO, dec. Alaniz, CE, 4-2
7th: Arve, Buch, dec. Nelms, Port, 7-5
9th: Demerath, Mon, tech fall Bracamonte, East, 15-0
3rd: Gamble, Mon, dec. Gilliland, Clov, 5-4
5th: Figueroa, Bak, dec. Rosas, Reed, 6-4
7th: Perez, Foot, dec. Morita, CW, 4-2
9th: Deloza, CN, dec. Pena, Red, 13-7
3rd: Herrera, Bak, pin Jimenez, Buch, 2:30
5th: Quintos, Central, maj dec. Flores, Sang, 14-6
7th: Welton, Fron, dec. Torres, Red, 7-0
9th: Velasquez, Foot, pin Perez, Port, 4:42
UPDATED, 1:53 p.m.: Here are the rest of the consolation semifinal results. Again, winners wrestle for third. Losers wrestle for fifth. The medal round — matches for third, fifth, seventh and ninth (winner there is the alternate in case one of the top eight can't go at Masters) are up next. Then we break for finals.
I've got to pay attention to Central Section basketball seeding, so updates during medal matches might be sparse. I'll update results when I can.
152: D. Alvarado, inj def Pagela, Port
Romero, Buch, maj dec. Ruiz, Mon
160: Leypon, Mon, dec. Loera, Bak
White, Centennial, dec. Ja. Maas, Lib
170: Brand, Clov, pin Padilla, El D
Moran, Sang, pin Ames, Port
182: An, Buch, pin E. Moreno, Sunny
Montejo, Fron, dec. R. Alvarado, MO
195: Bailey, Fron, dec. Parker, CE
Bohanon, Sunny, pin Dill, Buch
220: Yarbrough, Bak, dec. Mask, Mad
Sanchez, Sang, pin Levatino, Buch
HWT: Edgar Madrigal, Port, dec. Powell, Mad
Vance, Ed, dec. A. Moreno, Sunny
UPDATED, 1:25 p.m.: Here are some consolation semifinal results. Reminder, winner here gets to wrestle for third, and loser wrestles for fifth. All are safely through to Masters, but the winners will get better seeds next week than the losers, and that can be important in trying to get through to the state meet.
106: Demison, Bak, dec. Campbell, MO
Marin, CW, dec. Alaniz, CE
113: Gamble, Mon, dec. Figueroa, Bak
Gilliland, Clov, dec. Rosas, Reed
120: Jimenez, Buch, dec. Flores, Sang
Herrera, Bak, pin Quintos, Central
126: Olivas, Clov, dec. Gaxiola, Buch
Ruiz, Mad, maj dec. Nickell, Bak
132: Hansen, Buch, pin Harris, Red
Enriquez, MO, pin Onsurez, Bak
138: Barnes, Clov, pin Soto, Sang
Esquibel, Buch, maj dec. Cerda, Sunny
145: Sanchez, Sang, pin Gutierrez, Bak
Hill, Clov, pin Demaree, El D
UPDATED, 1:03 p.m.: Here are team scores after the semifinals. Still a pretty interesting battle for second place, but if Bakersfield wants to be in it, they'll have to do serious work here in the consolation semifinals and then the medal matches, because the Drillers have just one wrestler in tonight's finals.
1. Clovis 307.5; 2. Clovis West 186.5; 3. Buchanan 182.5; 4. Bakersfield 165.5; 5. Porterville 145; 6. Central 118; 7. Sanger 111; 8. Madera 102.5; 9. Mission Oak 98; 10. Madera South 93; 11. Clovis East 86.5; 12. Frontier 78.5; 13. Redwood 77; 14. Sunnyside 68; 15. Monache 66; 16. Clovis North 62.5; 17. El Diamante 62; 18. Foothill 54.5; 19. North 54; 20. Liberty 51.
UPDATED, 12:39 p.m.: I'll put the finals matchups below. The championships begin at 6 p.m. Clovis has a whopping nine wrestlers in the finals, and Clovis West has five. That's half of the finalists from two teams. Only two locals, Bryce Martin and Jaccob Lopez, made it through.
The next round up is consolation semifinals, where winners go to the third-place match and losers will wrestle for fifth. It's semifinal losers against the winners of the previous consolation round. Also wrestling right now are the ninth-place semifinals, where winners will wrestle for ninth in the next round with a chance to be the alternate qualifier to Masters.
Here are the finals matchups. I'm going to take a quick lunch break and be back in a few minutes.
106: Justin Mejia, Clov, vs. Joey Cisneros, Red
113: Adrian Camposano, Central, vs. Durbin Lloren, Buch
120: Julian Gaytan, Clov, vs. Jacob Delgado, El D
126: Mason Pengilly, Port, vs. Michael Knoblauch, CW
132: Matthew Ontiveros, Central, vs. Isaiah Hokit, Clov
138: Abel Contreras, Port, vs. Chris Lane, CW
145: Chris Garcia, CW, vs. Conner Francis, Buch
152: Dominic Kincaid, Clov, vs. Tyler Zimmer, CW
160: Josh Hokit, Clov, vs. Nick Callender, CE
170: Bryce Martin, Bak, vs. Austin Flores, CN
182: Alec Gamboa, Mad, vs. A.J. Nevills, Clov
195: Matt Weiss, Clov, vs. Jaccob Lopez, RV
220: Cortes Morales, CW, vs. Adam Prentice, Clov
HWT: Nick Nevills, Clov, vs. Miguel Villanueva, MS
UPDATED, 12:29 p.m.: We have semifinals going on at heavyweight now, before 220s for some reason. The first one isn't going to last long, because Clovis' Nick Nevills, the national No. 1, is toying with Edison's unseeded Kevin Vance. He's taken him down a couple of times and now has the pinning combination. And there it is, just over a minute in. Nevills to the final with his fourth pin of the tournament.
The other heavyweight semifinal has Madera South's Miguel Villanueva facing off with Madera's Roy Powell.
Back at 220, Clovis' Adam Prentice is facing Bakersfield's Travis Yarbrough, who has looked good in this tournament thus far. Prentice, meanwhile, had to escape a couple of tricky matches in the first three rounds. We'll see if that bodes well for Yarbrough, who lost to Prentice earlier in the season.
At heavyweight, it's Villanueva into the final for Madera South, a 2-0 win thanks to an escape and a stalling point against Powell. Villanueva have the pleasure of squaring off with Nevills tonight.
Back at 220, a scoreless first period between Yarbrough and Prentice. Yarbrough down in the second period, and he spins around and gets to his feet for an escape and a 1-0 lead.
The other semi at 220 is No. 1 Cortes Morales of Clovis West against Sanger's Cornelio Sanchez, the No. 5 seed.
Shot for Prentice, sprawl for Yarbrough. Prentice still in on the single, though and lifts it up. Swtiches to the double and gets the takedown before they go out of bounds. 2-1 lead for Clovis here. The second period will end that way. Third period, Prentice escape for 3-1. Now Yarbrough will need the takedown. He gets in on a single briefly but can't finish. Time running low. Prentice will find a way to win here, thanks to that big second-period takedown.
He'll face top seed Cortes Morales of Clovis West, who worked a pin of Sanchez in the first period.
220: Cortes Morales, CW, pin Cornelio Sanchez, Sang, 1:21
Adam Prentice, Clov, dec. Travis Yarbrough, Bak, 3-1
HWT: Nick Nevills, Clov, pin Kevin Vance, Ed, 1:06
Miguel Villanueva, MS, dec. Roy Powell, Mad, 2-0
UPDATED, 12:14 p.m.: An athletic move for a takedown for Jaccob Lopez in the second period, and he takes a 2-1 lead over Bailey of Frontier. Bailey escapes for 2-2, but Lopez will have option in the third period if it comes to that.
Speaking of athletic moves, Matt Weiss of Clovis just took down Buchanan's Kai Dill and now has the Bear on his back. Boom, pin. 32 seconds.
Weiss awaits the winner of Bailey and Lopez. Lopez gets his third-period escape with about a minute to spare and leads Bailey 3-2. Now Bailey needs the takedown. He shoots a bit wildly, and Lopez stays strong and spins around for the takedown. The No. 3 seed is about to spring the upset here with a 5-2 lead. Nearly a reversal of Bailey, but Lopez recovers again and is now collecting nearfall. He gets two, and there's the reversal for Bailey. But it's 7-4 for Lopez and short time. And that's it. Jaccob Lopez of Ridgeview is into the final against Matt Weiss at 195.
195: Matt Weiss, Clov, pin Kai Dill, Buch, 0:32
Jaccob Lopez, RV, dec. Josh Bailey, Fron, 7-4
UPDATED, 12:07 p.m.: At 182, top seed is Madera's Alec Gamboa, who has a first-period takedown of Frontier's Carlos Montejo. It's 2-1 now, and there's another takedown for Gamboa for 4-1.
In the other semifinal, Clovis' AJ Nevills has a couple of takedowns of No. 2 seed Young Woo An of Buchanan — and there's a third, late in the second period. It's 6-2 for Nevills.
Gamboa escapes for a 5-1 lead in the second.
Nevills with an escape and another takedown to make it 9-2. He's dominating An, the TRAC champion, to continue what's been a terrific tournament for anyone named Nevills. Now An with a reversal, but it's still 9-4 into the final 30 seconds. That'll be the final, so Nevills into the final.
Looks like he'll face Gamboa, who has another takedown and a 7-1 lead on Montejo.
At 195, the first semifinal up is an all-Kern County affair between the No. 2 seed Josh Bailey of Frontier against No. 3 Jaccob Lopez of Ridgeview. Not a lot of shooting in that first period, which ends scoreless.
Back at 182, another takedown for Gamboa, and now he has Montejo on his back late for some nearfall. Montejo escapes again, but that'll be that. A major decision for Gamboa. Take it back — no nearfall was awarded, so it'll be a 9-3 final. Still, Gamboa vs. Nevills in the final at 182.
182: Alec Gamboa, Mad, dec. Carlos Montejo, Fron, 9-3
AJ Nevills, Clov, dec. Young Woo An, Buch, 9-4
UPDATED, 11:54 a.m.: Final score for Callender was actually 4-2, and Kincaid was listed as a 6-3 winner, even though I thought I saw a late takedown to make it 8-3. Oh well.
At 170, the top seed is Bakersfield's Bryce Martin. He's wrestling Chris Moran of Sanger. The other semifinal is Clovis' Brody Brand against Clovis North's Austin Flores, and it's Flores with the opening takedown there.
Martin had a first-period takedown and now adds an escape in the second for 3-1. He continues to move Moran around the mat, but no more points here in the second.
Brand did a good job riding Flores for most of the second period, but Flores just got a late reversal to make it 4-0.
Moran will take neutral in the third period. Still 3-1 Martin. Moran wants no part of Martin on top, I guess.
Brand escapes to get within 4-1. He needs points here from neutral. But it's Flores with his own takedown for a commanding 6-1 lead with a minute left.
Martin gets a takedown for 5-1. Moran escapes, 5-2. Moran hasn't shown anything close to a takedown yet, but he'll need one here, and then some. Final 30 seconds. Moran tries a throw, but Martin stands tall, shucks off Moran and gets his own late takedown. He'll win, 7-2.
In the other semifinal, Flores has just finished off Brand, a reversal of the TRAC final from last week. Flores vs. Martin tonight.
170: Bryce Martin, Bak, dec. Chris Moran, Sang, 7-2
Austin Flores, CN, dec. Brody Brand, Clov, 6-2
UPDATED, 11:45 a.m.: There will only be one semifinal at 152, because Porterville's Greg Pagela has defaulted to sixth place with an ankle injury. So that automatically puts Clovis West's Tyler Zimmer into the finals — that's the Golden Eagles' fourth finalist already. Bakersfield has been adding more points in the consolation rounds, but it's safe to say CW has blown by the Drillers for third place in the team standings and might be putting pressure on Buchanan for second at this point.
He'll face either top seed Dominic Kincaid of Clovis or No. 4 Abner Romero of Buchanan. And it's Romero with the surprise early takedown for a 2-0 lead. But Kincaid gets out and gets his own takedown for a 3-2 lead after one.
Another takedown for Kincaid makes it 5-2 in the second, and Romero escapes for 5-3. Romero with a nifty outside single, trying to finish ... ruled out of bounds. Boy, that was close. Buchanan coaches will argue.
160-pound semifinals have started on the other mat, with Bakersfield freshman Sam Loera taking on Clovis East's Nick Callender, the No. 2 seed. No scoring there until Callender escapes in the second period for a 1-0 lead. They'll go to the third that way. Loera will need points from bottom.
Kincaid adds a takedown in the third and now leads 8-3 over Romero. The Bear gave Kincaid a scare (hey, I'm a poet!), but Clovis will get another through to the finals in comfy fashion.
Loera gets out for the tie, but now Callender drives him down with a powerful double-leg. It's 3-1. Loera escapes again for 3-2. He needs the takedown late here. He shoots, but Callender rebuffs it easily.
The other semi at 160 is Clovis' Josh Hokit against Jake Maas of Liberty. Quick takedown for Hokit and now some nearfall. And there's the pin. That was quick.
Final seconds now in the other semifinal. Loera still trying to get that takedown, but one final shot won't do it. Callender wins, 3-2.
152: Dominic Kincaid, Clov, dec. Abner Romero, Buch, 6-3
Tyler Zimmer, CW, inj. def. Greg Pagela, Port
160: Josh Hokit, Clov, pin Jake Maas, Lib, 0:57
Nick Callender, CE, dec. Sam Loera, Bak, 4-2
UPDATED, 11:35 a.m.: Abel Contreras of Porterville is the top seed at 138, and he's acting like it, with a quick takedown of Buchanan's Dean Esquibel. Now he's got him on his back — and there's the pin. That was impressive stuff for Contreras, who's into the final against either Justin Soto of Sanger or Chris Lane of Clovis West. This is the only weight, incidentally, without a Clovis wrestler in the semifinals.
I didn't see much of the match, but it's the No. 3 seed Chris Lane who takes out No. 7 Soto 6-2 for the victory at 138. So Lane will face off with Contreras at 138.
At 145, top seed Chris Garcia of Clovis West has a big 14-5 lead over Clovis' Jared Hill in the semifinals. The other match is just starting; it's Sanger's Rosario Sanchez against Buchanan's Conner Francis, the No. 2 seed. Francis leads 2-0 after an early takedown. Garcia finishes off Hill in his match and moves into the final.
And Francis works a pin for his victory. So an all-TRAC final at 145 between Chris Garcia and Conner Francis.
138: Abel Contreras, Port, pin Dean Esquibel, Buch, 3:59
Chris Lane, CW, dec. Justin Soto, Sang, 6-2
145: Chris Garcia, CW, maj. dec. Jared Hill, Clov, 16-7
Conner Francis, Buch, pin Rosario Sanchez, Sang
UPDATED, 11:23 a.m.: Ontiveros has added a couple of takedowns and leads 7-2 in the second period here against Mission Oak's Jaden Enriquez. The other semifinal at 132 has Clovis' Isaiah Hokit, a transfer from Wasco, against Buchanan's Kyler Hansen. I believe we're scoreless through a period there.
Nearfall points for Ontiveros, and the top seed is in complete control for Central. On the other mat, Hansen doing a fine job riding Hokit in this second period. Hokit is the No. 2 seed, and I believe he beat Hansen in the TRAC semifinals last week. And now he finds some leverage and rolls over on Hansen for a reversal and a 2-0 lead.
Ontiveros adding nearfall and should end up with a major decision here. Actually, it's going to be a late pin, with 13 seconds on the clock. So the Grizzlies have their second finalist.
Back to action on the other mat, and Hansen can't score after the Hokit reversal. It's 2-0 into the third period. Hansen bottom in the third, and he's finally able to get to his feet, but Hokit dives in on the ankles and still has control. Hokit very tough on top. Now Hansen gets into a scramble position, but it'll be a stalemate before any points. Hokit adds nearfall points late, and he's going to win, 4-0. So it'll be the top two seeds in the final at 132.
132: Matthew Ontiveros, Central, pin Jaden Enriquez, MO, 5:47
Isaiah Hokit, Clov, dec. Kyler Hansen, Buch, 4-0
UPDATED, 11:09 a.m.: The other semifinal at 126 is state No. 1 Mason Pengilly of Porterville against Madera's Daniel Ruiz. Pengilly gets a takedown midway through the first period for a 2-0 lead. Now Pengilly adds nearfall for a 4-0 advantage.
Knoblauch with another takedown of Olivas for a 9-3 lead. Olivas reverses with 30 seconds left, but he's running low on time. It's 9-5, and that's how it will end. Knoblauch into the final.
The first semifinal up at 132 has Mission Oak's Jaden Enriquez against Central's Matthew Ontiveros. That one's scoreless late in the first period, but Ontiveros a quick shot off a restart and he gains a 2-0 edge just before the end of the period. Mission Oak coaches are discussing that one with the officials.
Pengilly has finished off Ruiz at 126, 5-0, so we get a Pengilly-Knoblauch showdown in the final. We like those.
126: Mason Pengilly, Port, dec. Daniel Ruiz, Mad, 5-0
Michael Knoblauch, CW, dec. Khristian Olivas, Clov, 9-5
UPDATED, 11:02 a.m.: One of the great stories of the tournament has been El Diamante's Jacob Delgado, who took third in the WYL last week and is unseeded here but has already beaten the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds en route to the semifinals at 120 pounds. Now he's all over Buchanan's Alejandro Jimenez in the semis, getting some nearfall to add to his lead. And now it could be a pin early in the second period — it is! Delgado has defeated his third seed of the tournament and is into the championship match.
His opponent, it appears will be Clovis' Julian Gaytan, who has gotten a couple of takedowns to earn a late second-period lead, 5-0 over Bakersfield's Carlos Herrera. Herrera escapes to make it 5-1, but that's the end of the second.
Up at 126, they've started the first semifinal, Khristian Olivas of Clovis against Clovis West's Michael Knoblauch, the No. 2 seed. Knoblauch has the early takedown for 2-0.
Back at 120, time is running low on Herrera. He's been competitive here, but two takedowns for Gaytan is going to make the difference. He wins, 5-1, and will face the upstart Delgado tonight in the finals, which start at 6 p.m.
At 126, Knoblauch has added a couple of nearfall points and now another takedown. Olivas escapes but trails 7-3.
120: Julian Gaytan, Clov, dec. Carlos Herrera, Bak, 5-1
Jacob Delgado, El D, pin Alejandro Jimenez, Buch, 2:27
UPDATED, 10:51 a.m.: At 113, the semifinals are Adrian Camposano of Central against Tristan Gilliland of Clovis, and Durbin Lloren of Buchanan against Matt Gamble of Monache.
I've missed much of this match, but it's Lloren, the No. 3 seed, finishing off No. 2 Gamble 5-2. In the other semi, Clovis' Gilliland, the No. 5 seed, is tied with top seed Adrian Camposano of Central. Another big win for the Cougars in store? We're going into overtime. Gilliland won a tough decision over Bakersfield's JJ Figueroa in the quarters yesterday.
Now a nice outside shot midway through overtime by Adrian Camposano. He's around ... and going to finish. Two, and Camposano survives to get to the final against Lloren.
113: Adrian Camposano, Central, dec. Tristan Gilliland, Clov, 3-1 OT
Durbin Lloren, Buch, dec. Matt Gamble, Mon, 5-2
UPDATED, 10:47 a.m.: Real quick: Masters qualifiers by team: Clovis 14, Buchanan 11, Bakersfield 11, Clovis West 9, Porterville 7, Sanger 5, Clovis East 5, Madera 4, Central 4, Sunnyside 4, Mission Oak 4, Madera South 3, Frontier 3, Redwood 3, Monache 3, El Diamante 3. Among locals, Foothill, Ridgeview, Centennial and Tehachapi have 2 each, and North, Liberty, Golden Valley and Stockdale each have one.
Team scores headed into this round: 1. Clovis 195.5; 2. Buchanan 151.5; 3. Bakersfield 129.5; 4. Clovis West 126.5; 5. Porterville 113; 6. Sanger 108; 7. Central 91; 8. Madera 86.5; t9. Madera South, Mission Oak 82; 11. Frontier 78.5; 12. Clovis East 67.5; 13. Redwood 61; 14. Monache 60; 15. Foothill 54.5.
UPDATED, 10:41 a.m.: OK, here we go with 106-pound semifinals. It's Clovis freshman Justin Mejia against Clovis West's Chris Marin, and Mission Oak's David Campbell vs. Redwood's Joey Cisneros. Running concurrently are the consolation quarterfinals, but I'll focus mostly on semifinals here.
It's a takedown for Campbell in the first period over Cisneros, the No. 2 seed. He leads 2-0 after a period. But now it looks like Cisneros is working some nearfall points on top in the second. Again, I apologize, because I can't see the scoreboards from here, so I'm guessing a bit on scores.
On the other mat — which unfortunately is the farthest away from me in the gym — they're in the second period with Mejia on bottom. I don't think either guy scored in the first. Now Mejia gets out for an escape. Also an escape for Campbell on the middle mat. Marin is in on a shot, but Mejia sprawls and is trying to work his way around, and he does for a takedown. Third period now, and Mejia is really taking control here. He's working on turning Marin. On the other mat, a takedown now for Campbell. This is a close one. In fact, it's 7-7 headed for overtime.
Mejia is working on a pin now. Got it. Kid is ranked in the top five nationally for a reason.
And Cisneros quickly in on a shot — and he finishes! The Ranger comes up big and will get to the final.
106: Justin Mejia, Clov, pin Chris Marin, CW, 5:19
Joey Cisneros, Red, dec. David Campbell, MO, 9-7 OT
UPDATED, 10:24 am.: Nice win at 195 for Clovis West's Alex Ku, who beats Brett Lowe, a giant-killer yesterday, 9-4. Ku joins three guys who worked pins in their consolation matches at 195: Justin Parker of Clovis East, Jacob Valladares of Madera South and Lawrence Bohanon of Sunnyside.
Up at 220, Foothill gets another through with Joseph Gonzalez's 6-1 victory over Sunnyside's Alton Magee. A couple of tight wins at the upperweights for Porterville, with Eduardo Madrigal beating Ridgeview's Freddie Cabral 3-2 at 220 and heavyweight Edgar Madrigal edging Lemoore's Nate Ibarra, 1-0.
After this round is semifinals, plus consolation quarterfinals. That's the round where losers will wrestle for seventh place, and winners will face semifinal losers in the consolation semifinals.
Semis starting momentarily.
195: Parker, CE; Valladares, MS; Bohanon, Sunny; Ku, CW
220: Gonzalez, Foot; Mask, Mad; Levatino, Buch; Eduardo Madrigal, Port
HWT: Delgado, GW; Edgar Madrigal, Port; Guerrero, North; Moreno, Sunny
UPDATED, 10:09 a.m.: A tight match at 170 ends with Porterville's Josh Ames beating Mt. Whitney's Jaime Galvan 3-1. Joining Ames in the top eight will be Central's Marcus Macias and Madera South's Nathan Chavez.
Up at 182, Elias Rosales has just scored a late takedown to secure an 8-3 win over No. 5 Dejon Taylor of Clovis East. That's a big win for Bakersfield and the end of a huge round for Bakersfield, which was 7-0 this morning and so will bring 11 to Masters (if they're all healthy, of course).
Back at 170, looks like El Diamante's Enrique Padilla and Liberty's Jeremy Maas are headed for overtime. It's a takedown for Padilla, who wins that match 8-6.
Remember, guys who lose in this round still have to wrestle in a mini four-man tournament for ninth place. The winner there would get into Masters if anything happens to one of the top eight (injury, etc.).
Semifinals are coming up next, and heavyweights have begun to get out on the mat in this round, so we're close to the semis.
170: Macias, Central; Padilla, ElD; Ames, Port; Chavez, MS
182: Rosales, Bak; Moreno, Sunny; Perez, Roos; Alvarado, MO
UPDATED, 10:01 a.m.: I went to get coffee, and results are coming in fast and furious now. Andrew Lee of Centennial beat Frontier's Austin Gamboa 8-6 in a good match at 152, and Centennial's Levi White beat his Titan opponent, Mike Komin, with a pin. It's been a rough morning for Frontier, which is 1-4 in this round.
Buchanan and Clovis West have each lost a wrestler at 160, with Tehachapi's Thomas Duran pinning CW's Luke Lierly and Monache's Bryan Leypon taking out Buchanan's Cade Belshay 20-8.
Also at 160, Golden Valley has its first Masters qualifier, Julio Fuentes, who beat Reese Booth of Hanford 7-0.
152: Alvarado, MO; Quintana, CE; Ruiz, Mon; Lee, Centennial
160: Fuentes, GV; Leypon, Mon; Duran, Teh; White, Centennial
UPDATED, 9:46 a.m.: Lane Barnes of Clovis earns a hard-fought 5-2 win against Redwood's Aaron Watts, so the state's No. 1 Cougars officially have all 14 of their wrestlers through to Masters. They're now 42-1 on the tournament, with Barnes bouncing back from an OT loss in the quarterfinals.
Also at 138, it's Bakersfield Josh Annis — the only BHS wrestler who didn't make the SWYL finals last week — becoming the only local qualifier from this meet with a tech fall of Tulare's Miguel Contreras. Remember Treiberg and Santore-Tovar, last week's finalists, both lost in this round.
Up at 145, Ridgeview's Ronnie Guerrero beats Mission Oak's Brock Dias, and Bakersfield's Antonio Gutierrez has a first-period pin of East's Ruben Lemus. BHS is now 6-for-6 in this round with only 182-pounder Elias Rosales to come.
Up at 152, Clovis East's James Quintana is through easily with a 16-7 victory over South's Phelan Jones.
138: Barnes, Clov; Annis, Bak; Jauregui, CE; Cerda, Sunny
145: Lopez, Hoov; Gutierrez, Bak; Guerrero, RV; Demaree, ElD
UPDATED, 9:38 a.m.: Sean Nickell pins Golden Valley's Charles Hord at 126, so it's so far, so good in this round for the Drillers, who are 3-0 with Arik Onsurez wrestling North's Mark Baker at 132. Stockdale's Josef Martin beat Tulare Union's Alex Tejada at 126, as well.
It's also so far, so good for Buchanan (2-0) and Clovis West (1-0), the other two leading contenders for second place, in this round.
Redwood's Darrion Harris came up with one takedown in each period to beat Centennial's Etienne Armijo at 132, and the Golden Hawks' Alex Treiberg is in a battle of seeded wrestlers with Clovis East's Joseph Jauregui at 138. Jauregui, the No. 2 seed, is ahead 4-3 in the third period, but Treiberg is in on a shot. Potentially dangerous called, and we'll restart. This was a tough draw for Treiberg, the No. 5 seed.
Meanwhile, at 132, Onsurez beat Baker 11-9 in another crazy match. So Bakersfield 4-0 in this round now.
Jauregui looks like he's not going to give anything up here, and he's doing a good job staying aggressive, too. Time expires just as Jauregui was about to get a takedown, and he'll hold on 4-3 despite a pretty significant limp. That's something to keep an eye on as we move forward to next week.
And how about Sunnyside's Brian Cerda, after a first-round loss yesterday at 138? He's all the way into the top eight with a 4-2 overtime decision against Johnny Santore-Tovar of Liberty.
Clovis West with a big win, a 56-second pin for Bobby Miguel over Frontier's Jonathan Garcia at 132. Tehachapi's Fletcher Allen also through at 132 with a first-period pin of Stockdale's Logan Wright.
126: Gaxiola, Buch; Hill, Lem; Martin, Stock; Nickell, Bak
132: Harris, Red; Allen, Teh; Onsurez, Bak; Miguel, CW
UPDATED, 9:28 a.m.: Frontier's Brock Welton beat Hanford's Isaiah Corona 4-0 at 120, so he's into the top eight. Lemoore's Jaylen Hill got an early five-point move on another Titan, Calloway Morphis, but it looks like Morphis is battling back. I think the score is 5-3 there. Now Morphis is collecting some back points of his own, so that's a close match. Just went and checked; it's 5-5, and Hill can't quite finish the reversal in the final seconds, so it's tied going into the third period. Takedown for Morphis after quite a struggle, and he has the lead. But now he's called for locking hands. So it's 7-6 for Morphis. They restart, and Hill nearly had the reversal out of bounds. Instead, it's called only a loss of control and an escape, so we're 7-7 with 15 seconds left. Now Hill gets in behind Morphis and lifts him — to his back. That's gonna be a winner. The Lemoore 126-pounder starts and ends with five-points move and does enough in between to win, 12-7.
I'll start listing this round's winners — and therefore Masters qualifiers:
106: Demison, Bak; Nelms, Port; Arve, Buch; Alaniz, CE
113: Figueroa, Bak; Morita, CW; Perez, Foot; Rosas, Reed
120: Flores, Sang; Welton, Fron; Torres, Red; Quintos, Central
UPDATED, 9:14 a.m.: Bakersfield's Navonte Demison and JJ Figueroa, who both lost tight matches in yesterday's quarterfinals, are having no trouble in this all-important round. Demison has pinned South's Levi-Chevy Garcia in the first period at 106, and Figueroa has scored back points already at 113 against Clovis North's Chris Deloza. So it looks like they'll be safe. Buchanan's Ross Arve also looks like he's in control at 106 against Monache's Arthur Demerath.
In front of me at 113, it looks like Reedley's AJ Rosas is collecting nearfall on Liberty's Jordan Patoc. Remember, guys who have fought their way back from an early loss, like Patoc, are now running into quarterfinal losers. Often, that's a tougher opponent than what they've been facing. Speaking of which, it's a pin for Clovis West's Bryce Morita at 113 against Redwood's Sammy Pena.
Rosas finished of Patoc, and though Deloza looks like he's become much more competitive with Figueroa, I'm guessing the Driller has a lead there.
Up at 120, it's Sanger's Gilbert Flores with a pin of Foothill's Marco Velasquez. Better news for the Trojans has Fern Perez pinning Golden West's Ivan Aguirre at 113.
Back at 106, Arve of Buchanan finished off Demerath 12-2. Figueroa's match is over; he beat Deloza 5-2.
ORIGINAL POST: We're just about to set to go from Day 2 of the Yosemite Divisional wrestling tournament at East, with the all-important third round of consolation coming up first. That's the round where winners are guaranteed a top-8 spot and a berth in next week's Central Section Masters. Losers must wrestle for ninth place, which would only be an alternate to next week.
There are 41 local wrestlers among those in this round, including seven from Bakersfield High and five from Frontier, so it's a big one for Kern County. Buchanan (5) and Clovis West (4) will also be busy here, trying to get as many wrestlers possible to state.
So... Here we go with one of the most important rounds of the year. Semifinals are up after this.